19 May 2019


  • Pop stars such as Psy and a host of popular TV dramas have contributed to growing interest in Korean culture in many parts of the world. Photo: Bloomberg

    Turning soft power into hard cash

    - May 9, 2014 2:57pm
    South Korea has been gaining more “soft power” in recent years, thanks to the popularity of K-pop and Korean television drama series in several overseas markets. The cultural influence has led to growing interest in all...
  • ICBC is the world's biggest company for a second year in a row, according to Forbes magazine. Photo: Bloomberg

    ICBC tops Forbes Global 2000

    May 9, 2014 7:43am
    State-controlled Chinese lender ICBC has held on to top spot in the Forbes list of the world’s biggest companies, leading the rankings for a second consecutive year, according to the business magazine’s annual list released this...
  • A Chinese collector paid US$27 million for this Monet. Photo: Reuters

    Chinese buyer splashes out on Water Lilies

    May 7, 2014 4:27pm
    A Chinese phone bidder paid US$24 million, or US$27 million with Christie’s fees, for Claude Monet’s “Water Lilies” at the auction house’s Impressionist and modern art sale in New York Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported.  The painting...
  • The Chinese Embassy in Manila has raised concerns about a clash at Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Photo: AFP

    Manila airport fracas morphs into international incident

    May 7, 2014 3:45pm
    The Chinese Embassy in Manila has lodged a solemn representation with the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines after footage surfaced online of a Chinese woman being dragged, slapped and pushed by an official at Manila’s...
  • A Thai court has found Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in breach of the constitution. Photo: Bloomberg

    Thai court says Yingluck must resign as PM

    May 7, 2014 3:22pm
    Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is guilty of violating the constitution and can no longer serve as caretaker premier, Reuters reported Wednesday, citing a Thai court ruling. The judges ruled that Yingluck “abused her position by transferring...
  • Freedom House rates the mainland Not Free in terms of media. Photo: Bloomberg

    Media freedom hits decade low, study shows

    May 2, 2014 12:43pm
    China retained a tight grip on local media and tried to control more independent views from bloggers and foreign news sources in 2013, human rights group Freedom House said Thursday. The group rated the mainland Not...
  • In his Asia trip, US President Barack Obama is confronted with the arduous job of cementing ties with allies in the region while seeking cooperation with a rising China. Photo: AFP

    Obama back to the future in Asia trip

    - Apr 23, 2014 4:17pm
    Amid a sea of doubts about his vow to “return to Asia”, dubbed as “rebalancing”, after he canceled a planned trip to the region last year, US President Barack Obama is finally back in Asia Wednesday. He is...
  • Many philanthropists, such as Bill and Melinda Gates, prefer "teaching people how to fish instead of just giving them fish". Photo: AFP

    Americans are most generous philanthropists, BNP survey says

    - Mar 5, 2014 6:44pm
    Philanthropists in the United States are more willing than their peers in other parts of the world to donate at least 25 percent of their annual income and leave at least 50 percent of their fortune to...

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